Even by Africa standards, Burkina Faso is a poor country and is in 183rd place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. This poverty in the country has been exacerbated by a spate of recent heavy flooding and droughts across West Africa. The floods of the rainy season of 2009 were the worst in ninety years, and just as the country was getting back on its feet, further deluges in 2010 again hit the country displacing 100,000 and destroying crops. Many from Burkina Faso find employment in nearby Ivory Coast however the troubles there has meant this income opportunity has dried up for many who have had to revert to subsistence farming growing peanuts, shea nuts, sesame, sorghum, millet, corn and rice as well as rearing livestock.
Reliant on buying imports to feed its population, Burkina Faso was badly hit by the economic downturn of 2008-9 when its main exports of cotton and gold lost value, leaving it with insufficient funds to buy in basic requirements. Over half of Burkina Faso's population of 16.7 million are under the age of 17, however very few if any, will live to see their 60th birthday, with a life expectancy of just 53.7 years. With over 100,000 children there orphaned by AIDS in one year alone it was estimated that 18% of the country's entire population were orphans or abandoned children. Unlike many other countries in Africa, there are few child sponsor programs in Burkina Faso, however there remain real issues with children living in abject poverty, lack of food and safe water with most dependent on foreign aid to survive.
Child sponsor programs in Burkina Faso focus on ensuring access to clean water, medical care and education in a country where only 35% of all eligible primary school age children were enrolled at school and just 8% actually attended secondary school (although figures are far higher in urban areas.) With child poverty at 47% and a quarter of all children underweight, other child sponsor programs include working across the board to ensure children simply have enough food to survive the current drought conditions. You can help when you sponsor a child in Burkina Faso.
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